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2004 Chevy Aveo stuck in Park

(2004 Chevrolet Aveo)
in Youngstown, OH on September 25, 2009
Have an 04 Aveo starts up but will not shift out of park, what can I do to repair it and how much is this gonna cost me? Help Please
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of Greg Solow's Engine Room on September 26, 2009
I just sent you an article I wrote with illustrations hopefully at least you will be able to get the transmission out of park and be able to drive it to a repair shop. Most cars require an input from the brake light switch to allow the car to come out of Park. First check to see if you have brake lights (if not the switch may have failed) secondly when with the ignition key on when you press the brake pedal do you hear a click from the area of the gear shift lever each time you press the brake pedal? If not the control module, wiring or solenoid may have a problem. First check all your fuses!
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Autotechpat, Is this a part a home mechanic can replace. We have the part # and where to buy. We need instructions on how to take the console off and install it. There is no book available to show how. We would be very grateful for your advice. We have a 2006 Aveo doing the same thing.
This is a very easy fix. If the shifter won't go out of park, it means that you don't have brake lights. You can put a small screw driver into the small hole by the shifter that says "shift-lock release" This will get the car rolling again but remember you still don't have brake lights. There is a brake switch sensor that the brake peddle pushes when applied that has gone bad. It cost me about $20 at the dealer and it took about 5 min. to replace. I haven't had problems since.
My car is doing the same thing it 2005 Aveo and now my key is stuck in the ignition
Have the same thing going on with my 07' this helped me figure it out, thank you!
Check brake switch on brake pedal if stuck car won't shift
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of Greg Solow's Engine Room on September 26, 2009
I just sent you an article I wrote with illustrations hopefully at least you will be able to get the transmission out of park and be able to drive it to a repair shop. Most cars require an input from the brake light switch to allow the car to come out of Park. First check to see if you have brake lights (if not the switch may have failed) secondly when with the ignition key on when you press the brake pedal do you hear a click from the area of the gear shift lever each time you press the brake pedal? If not the control module, wiring or solenoid may have a problem. First check all your fuses!
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Autotechpat, Is this a part a home mechanic can replace. We have the part # and where to buy. We need instructions on how to take the console off and install it. There is no book available to show how. We would be very grateful for your advice. We have a 2006 Aveo doing the same thing.
This is a very easy fix. If the shifter won't go out of park, it means that you don't have brake lights. You can put a small screw driver into the small hole by the shifter that says "shift-lock release" This will get the car rolling again but remember you still don't have brake lights. There is a brake switch sensor that the brake peddle pushes when applied that has gone bad. It cost me about $20 at the dealer and it took about 5 min. to replace. I haven't had problems since.
My car is doing the same thing it 2005 Aveo and now my key is stuck in the ignition
Have the same thing going on with my 07' this helped me figure it out, thank you!
Check brake switch on brake pedal if stuck car won't shift
It is your brake light switch. It is located on the brake pedal. It is very inexpensive to replace, you can buy the switch and do it yourself in 5 minutes.
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I back this anonymous person up 100 percent my 05 chevy aveo is stuck in park and after reading all the responses on here i checked my brake lights only to find they dont light up when i press the brake.... thank u so much
Just had the same problem on my 2005, it is the brake light switch. After reading here I did exactly as it said located the switch actually unplugged the connector, plugged it back in and "voila" it worked. Thanks so much, I was already at my breaking point prior to getting in my car and then not being able to get out of park almost completely did me in.
on September 10, 2010
Thank you so much I was afraid this would cost a fortune!!
This happened to my daughter's Aveo. It is very very easy to repair. Locate Brake-Light Switch. (Top of brake pedal lever) The switch has a plastic (On/Off) button that toggles in and out when you depress brake pedal and release it. The button actually had some dust caught in it that made it stick halfway. I removed the dust and the button went in and out correctly. I put it back in position and the car came out of park. It took me approx 5 minutes to repair.
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Thanks for the answer. My M-I-L has a 2004 Aveo, same problem, removed the switch (somewhat difficult for an old guy) cleaned it, replaced it and back in business. Thanks again!!
on February 09, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH "THE MIRACLE SPRAY" A.K.A WD40! IT WORKED AND NOW MY BRAKES WORK, MY SHIFTER IS WORKING BETTER THAN IT EVER HAS BEFORE. JUST SPRAYED A LITTLE ON THAT PLUNGER AND IT WORKED!!! I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO TAKE IT OUT. PUT CAR IN NEUTRAL, PUT E-BRAKE ON, PUSHED ON THE BRAKE, SPRAYED WD40 ON THE PLUNGER, WORKED IT BACK AND FORTH AND BOOM, IN BUSINESS! HOPE THIS HELPS!!!
IT IS YOUR PARKNIG BRAKE LIGHTS.THEY ARE NOT WORKING.IN ORDER TO GET INTO GEAR YOU HAVE TO PRESS THE BRAKE.
IT IS YOUR BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH.
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Hi,
I’ve the same issue on my Aveo and the good thing is that it happened twice while it was still under the 3year factory warranty. If you cant get that fixed right away, You have to poke the “shift lock” hole with a key, in order for it to shift and not put it in P anymore…just so you could get the car moving.
Chevrolet mechanics told me that it was a problem with a “Solenoid Switch”. I don’t know where that it, but I think it works pretty much the same as the ones in your starter.
After getting that part replaced, the car’s doing well so far.

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Thanks do you know what the swich would cost to repair and could backyard machanic fix?
on September 27, 2015
My Aveo actually needed the Solenoid Switch replaced. Family friend came over and replaced it within minutes for about $10.00 for the part at that time. It's been six years since I posted this, glad it's been helpful to anyone that's had the same or similar problems.
My car started out not shifting out of park I used my spare key to release the shifter. Today I can not turn the key completley off so I cannot get my keys out?
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Yep definately break switch. I followed break pedal up to small switch. Give it a rotate and it comes out of holder. Unclip the switch from the electric socket. The use a can of conpressed air on switch all over and also in the electric socket. Replace and voila the break light works and the gears move freely (key has to be in full turn position though), engine doesnt have to be on !
on September 26, 2009
Maybe there's a problem with your shifter lever.
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on November 20, 2009
I had this problem this morning with my girlfriends car as she was leaving for work. I got it out of park by revving up to about 3 grand and letting it drop back to zero and it shifted. Wait for it to drop back to zero before you shift though so you don't run your car into something
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It is NOT your brake light switch. It is your GEAR SHIFT that is in the middle between the front 2 seats. I have had that same problem 3 times my 2004 Chevrolet Aveo. In January 2004 is when they came out with the Aveo, and it is the first year cars that are the "prototypes" for the car model years following the first year. They also say to not buy a first year car because you will come across many problems over the course of having it.

What I did, I went to my dealer and they installed the GEAR SHIFT mechanism 3 times within 9 months; however, after the 3rd time, the car hasn't had the problem since then.

But FYI: When you get the new GEAR SHIFT put in, get the new set of key or keys for the car, because you can't use the old set. That set belongs to the old gear shift that you are having a problem with.

I would also recommend that you talk to your GM Dealership Service Manager about this problem. But I had the same problem as you 2 years ago, and it hasn't happened since.
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on October 12, 2012
had the same problem with my 2004 Aveo. did as instructed per everyone's suggestions and I now have brake lights and the car shifts from park. I was also able to find the radio code by using google and getting help from others in the same situation. A million thanks from "I've had it with this car!" in Ohio. :)
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on July 30, 2014
Ok almost the same Issue Except, Its stuck in park, Key stuck in the ignition, no brake lights and no dash lights or power windows, Replaced the solenoid, and the Switch.........
i had the same problem ,i have a 2004 aveo . my brake lights went out and i was stuck in park ..i started using the shift lock release button to get around town .then i charged my brake light switch it cost 18$ at autozone .so i changed it myself its underneath the dase drives side ontop of the brake pedal so easy but still no fix then final last night after a month stuck this way i bought fuses 10 and 15 and changed a few and bam my lights were working .... i turned my car on not fully put the parking brake on ,pupped the brakes then turn the car on fully ad bbame i wasnt stuck anymore ...whoo hooo .freedom ! i would have never have thought that a fuse could do so much trouble!
what a lame car now i got to figure out how to fix my keyhole problem..
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on September 26, 2015
Whoever wrote this I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you!! (Whoever said is was NOT the brake light switch needs to shut the hell up!) Unfortunately now I do have to replace my brake light switch, but nevertheless, yours was the correct answer for my problem with my 2005 Aveo! I was able to get it off the street and back to the house! Thanks!!!

This happened to my daughter's Aveo. It is very very easy to repair. Locate Brake-Light Switch. (Top of brake pedal lever) The switch has a plastic (On/Off) button that toggles in and out when you depress brake pedal and release it. The button actually had some dust caught in it that made it stick halfway. I removed the dust and the button went in and out correctly. I put it back in position and the car came out of park. It took me approx 5 minutes to repair.
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on September 27, 2015
My Aveo actually needed the Solenoid Switch replaced. Family friend came over and replaced it within minutes for about $10.00 for the part at that time. It's been six years since I posted this, glad it's been helpful to anyone that's had the same or similar problems.

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